Presenter Laura Woods has revealed she has googled 'excuses to call in sick' after seeing her beloved Arsenal defeated by Newcastle.
The Gunners suffered what would appear to be a fatal blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four at St James' Park on Monday night. Mikel Arteta's men put in sub-par display, despite knowing they needed to win to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
An own-goal from Ben White and Bruno Guimaraes' late strike was enough for Eddie Howe's men to claim all three points. It means Arsenal need a miracle to overtake fierce rivals Spurs and return to the Champions League.
Woods will not have been watching the Premier League clash with delight, given that she is a well-known Gunners fan. She also hosts the breakfast show on talkSPORT, alongside former Tottenham stars Jamie O'Hara and Darren Bent.
Bent will be one of her co-presenters tomorrow and Woods is apparently not keen to take her place behind the microphone. She posted a screenshot on Twitter of a Google search she had done for 'excuses to call in sick' following Arsenal's defeat.
Woods took over from Alan Brazil as talkSPORT's main breakfast show presenter, but it appears the Scot could be set for a comeback. A senior producer at the station replied to Woods' post with the comment: "Never thought I’d put Brazil on standby…" to which she said: "Time to return all the favours."
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Woods was not the only person connected with Arsenal left shocked by their performance. Boss Arteta also slammed his side for failing to show the desire needed to keep their Champions League hopes alive.
"Really difficult night to swallow, Newcastle deserved to win, they were comfortable from the first minute to the last minute. They were much better in every department, they were better in duels, second balls, they managed to do so, we were poor with the ball," he told Sky Sports.
"A lot of things happen during the night, substitutions through injury but it’s not an excuse. Newcastle deserved to win from the beginning, they were much better for what the match requires to be on top of that.
"What I’m saying here, it’s extremely disappointing that Newcastle worked 10 times harder than us and won the match and the performance is nowhere near we have to play if we want to play in the Champions League."
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